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Hill-Stead Museum From the Porch – A Performing Arts Series

Our multicultural performing arts series returns!

Building on the success of last year’s extraordinary series, the inclusive programming will take place on our 152-acre campus. The experiential events will happen several nights per week and be open to audiences of all ages.

In keeping with the Pope-Riddle family’s tradition of bringing literary, musical, and educational opportunities to the community, Hill-Stead’s From the Porch not only brings arts to the public but acts as a fundraiser for the Museum to sustain the dynamic cultural destination well into the future.

From the Porch events scheduled to date are listed below and in our Calendar. Check back often as programs will be added throughout the summer and as long as the fair weather lasts!

Upcoming Events

Capital Classics Presents Shakespeare’s “As You Like It: Festive Songs and Famous Speeches” – From the Porch

Capital Classics Theatre Company returns with a program of music and merriment: “Shakespeare’s As You Like It: Festive Songs and Famous Speeches,” featuring performances of the songs and famous speeches from Shakespeare’s romantic comedy, As You Like It.

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24June20216:00 pm

Ballard Chamber Collective – From the Porch

The Ballard Chamber Collective, a quartet comprised of professional musicians (and neighbors) Ari Isaacman Beck, violin; Jaroslaw Lis, violin; Nicholas Borghoff, viola; and Ignacy Gaydamovich, cello; return to the porch for an evening of selected chamber works.

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30June20216:00 pm

Sunny Train Family Music Show

Sunny Train’s a-comin’ this way! All aboard to sing, dance, and play! Kids and grown-ups alike will adore the toe-tapping happy harmony-filled original songs, traditional tunes, and catchy jams.

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14July202110:30 am

Boyd Meets Girl – From the Porch

Boyd Meets Girl pairs Australian classical guitarist Rupert Boyd with American cellist Laura Metcalf. The duo performs an eclectic and engaging range of repertoire, from Bach to Beyoncé.

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13August20216:00 pm

An Evening of Storytelling with Speak Up – From the Porch

Speak Up brings their widely acclaimed storytelling show to Hill-Stead’s Veranda. Founder Matthew Dicks will serve as one of the featured professional and amateur storytellers sharing true stories from their lives.

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Ed Fast & Conga Bop – From the Porch

Ed Fast & Conga Bop bring Afro-Cuban influenced rhythms and hard-bop harmony fused to create unique, soulful originals and creatively arranged jazz standards.

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25August20216:00 pm

The Guys, a play by Anne Nelson – From the Porch

Presented by Herstory Theater. On the 20th anniversary of 9/11, Hill-Stead Museum will pay tribute to first responders and all lives lost that day by hosting a production of Anne Nelson’s “The Guys.”

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08September20216:00 pm

Our grateful thanks to the following sponsors who are helping to make the From the Porch series possible


The Richard P. Garmany Fund at The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving


Thomaston Savings Bank


SKY Investment Group


Carmon Funeral Homes

Hometown Foundation